The last of Spain
Dan’s Thursday Doors
I have finished going through my travel folders and these are the final ones I found from Spain. Some of these are quite wonderful.
I thought I would start at the older looking door from Madrid. I love its little “hat”
What a solid looking door and surround. Pity I couldn’t get back far enough to get that door on the balcony as well
Another grand surround in Madrid. The door studs seem to be increasing
A relative new door in Granada. I love the colour and the metal grill above the door
Onto Barcelona with a doorway and door that has it all
Lastly just the most fabulous door and entrance. I really feel dwarfed by the size
Only a few more European doors to come
Wordless Wednesday – 22 February
More from Spain
Dan’s Thursday Doors
I decided that another quick trip down the memory lane to Spain for this weeks Thursday Doors. I have been going through my travel photos and when I find a door I put in my door folder so I have found quite a number of doors. I shall stick to adding them by country.
An impressive strong door from Madrid
The Moorish influence is quite evident in Granada
One of my favourite doors from Toledo
Going back to Spain
Dans Thursday Doors
I was looking through some old photos in my “this year will be the year” of photo sorting. Of course that gave me an idea for Thursday Doors so here I am on a tangent.
I went to Spain as part of a tour in 2009 and strangely back then I had a bit of a door fetish. (Manja was the first person to catch on and
nagged made me do Thursday Doors posts.
Therefore here is a few of the doors I took photos of way back, then starting in Madrid with a rather grand door. I wish I peeked in now
Some solid first floor doors in Toledo, a quick train ride from Madrid. Love the external moulding.
One of the doors into a church in Granada
Silent Sunday – 7 August
Dali and me
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #209: Surreal
I have loved the art works of Salvador Dali since I was a teenager. He led me on a path of discovery of Surrealism in art with artists like Rene Magritte, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Yves Tanguy and Frieda Kahlo among others.
“The power of Surrealism within visual arts allowed artists to unleash the power of their subconscious mind in order to create artworks of absurd imagery, that were both somewhat amusing and menacing at the same time. This allowed Surrealism artists to create types of contradictions within their paintings that were not previously seen in the art world. What made the movement so revolutionary was that it was not limited to any specific medium or style, rather, it spanned all disciplines that were able to manifest the eerie side of reality.” https://artincontext.org/surrealist-artists/
Whilst in Europe I was lucky enough to visit a couple of Dali galleries, one in Barcelona and his main theatre museum in Figueres, with it’s egg shaped walls.
Inside I was in wonder at the number of art works
Most of the best known, The Persistence of Memory etc were in other galleries around the world. The one that grabbed my attention first as a teenager was Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War) so of course when looking for a calendar in 2019 I found a Dali one.
Dali also did quite a number of statues and figurines.
In the museum you enter a gallery level and look down on this sculpture and wonder what it is. Once at ground level you can see the whole idea behind the work.
Of course one of my favourites combines to two things I like, Dali’s art and elephants. I have a framed copy of Swans Reflecting Elephants on my wall
Which brings me to the part about me. For quite a while now I have been contributing to Jez’s Water Water Everywhere by taking photos of reflections in water and turning them into abstracts, perhaps they could be seen as surreal?
One of my favourite things to photograph is nature especially birds. This is combination of water, reflection and a Pelican which is unaltered, just as I saw it. A Surreal Pelican?
Nature does present a chance to see what can be done with a spiders web and imagination
I hope you enjoyed a wander through my thoughts of art and my photos.
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Lost in Translation’s Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word April 2022
A bit of thinking to be done with Paula’s words this month. Here they are, let’s see what I can conjure up this month to match a photo with her words.